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latchkey child

n.
A usually school-age child who regularly spends part of the day unsupervised at home while the parents are at work.

latchkey child

n
a child who has to let himself or herself in at home on returning from school, as his or her parents are out at work

latch′key child`


n.
a child who must spend part of the day alone and unsupervised, as when the parents are away at work.
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Noun1.latchkey child - a school-age child who is home without adult supervision for part of the day (especially after school until a parent returns home from work)
school-age child, schoolchild, pupil - a young person attending school (up through senior high school)
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I didn't to be She added last night: "It's true she was a latchkey kid but she was only ever alone because I had in a just felt had to work.
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I made a joke earlier in this column about being a latchkey kid. And, while it's true, I did enter an empty house and stare ET-like into an open fridge on weekday afternoons, my mom made the seemingly impossible a reality.
After the second time, a dear friend gave me a lanyard and I began to wear them around my neck, a latchkey kid at the age of 55.
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A self-described latchkey kid, Lowe and his brother spent hours watching movies in their California home, and when Lowe had money to invest, he put it in entertainment.
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Raised in San Diego by his mother, who was deserted by her alcoholic husband and was devoted to the Salvation Army, Ted was embarrassed by her religious zeal and had a strained relationship with her; he was essentially a latchkey kid who spent his time playing baseball and practicing his swing with a broomstick.